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In the UK, the self-employed make up about 13 per cent of the total workforce. They are made up of individuals who work for a living but who do not have a contract of employment. Instead, they sell their services to employers and in law are said to have a contract for service, rather than a contract of service. Amongst the self-employed, it is important to distinguish between the self-employed with employees of their own and the self-employed who rely solely on their own labour. The employment status of self-employed workers can be a matter of dispute, and in some cases employers may attempt to rely on false self-employment to disguise the fact that an employment relationship exists. [See freelance.]

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